A stand of tall pines, limestone outcroppings, wildlife everywhere. Could we ask for more?
By Roy Harryman
Publisher, Lee’s Summit Go
Hop in your vehicle for 25 minutes (or less) and you’ll step into a world of quiet and unsung beauty at Burr Oak Woods.
The Nature Center is a must-see, especially for those traveling with young children. The hands-on displays bring nature to life and also give kids an opportunity for a bathroom break. But it’s the 1,071 acres of the Conservation Area that keep calling us back.
Stands of timber are interspersed with prairie and rise and fall among craggy valleys, creeks and glades. Burr Oak Woods is crisscrossed by six trails totaling about six miles. There are also connectors between them (bring a map and water, just in case you get confused).
If you only have time for one hike, we recommend the Bethany Falls Trail, which zigzags among spectacular limestone cliffs and boulders. When the bugs and poison ivy are out of season, these cliffs make for some great climbing for kids.
After growing up in Lee’s Summit, I still haven’t fully explored Burr Oak Woods. I’ve made it my ambition to do so.